As described at length in a Monday article, an Apple iCloud account was unusable for five days. This had the effect of rendering Apple’s cloud storage unusable.
ZDNetSteven Vaughan-Nichols of Steven Vaughan-Nichols offered a review of cloud storage options, and many readers offered ideas on the alternatives in the comments to the original article. These include things like using local storage devices and not using any type of cloud storage.
All of these interesting considerations must be placed in the context of another concern: Temporarily losing the use of iCloud can also render anything that comes with an Apple ID unusable.
In my case, when I was banned from my iCloud, my Apple ID linked to this storage plan became completely unusable. I couldn’t even log into this account. This has affected a multitude of Apple services.
The Apple ID has become the authentication mechanism for services of all sizes around the Apple world. At a most basic level, as explained at the beginning of the article, an Apple ID determines whether you can erase and restore an Apple device such as an iPad, a fairly basic property right of the device.
The same goes for setting up a new Apple device that imports settings from an existing device – it’s all about the Apple ID.
Apple ID is used to purchase items from various Apple services such as Music & Books and Apple Pay. But these are perhaps the most trivial services to worry about.
Without having a working Apple ID, synchronization breaks between several services, including the Apple Keychain for storing passwords and the Find Me app for location services for its registered devices. Calendars, Contacts, Reminders, and Notes apps don’t work for syncing between devices, and app preferences, including Safari browser and Maps app, stop updating on all devices. The iMessage feature stops working in sync on all devices.
These are large-scale functions, but Apple ID also works at a microscopic level for authenticating the local Bluetooth and WiFi file transmission, the AirDrop service. Unless you want to open your Mac or iOS device on all computers within transmission range, you must be signed in to your Apple ID and have the sender in your Contacts app.
Likewise, if you are sending between two computers that you own, such as an iPad and a Mac, a common scenario for people with multiple Apple products, unless you want wide-aperture transmission, you must have both devices connected. at the same Apple. IDENTIFIER.
Other local and extended services are the sequel to what Apple calls continuity. These include the Handoff feature on Apple devices, whereby something you did on one device can be resumed on another device, either by tapping an icon that appears in the Dock on macOS or iOS, or by pressing an icon that appears in the Dock on macOS or iOS. icon in the task switcher. These stateful activity icons appear and disappear as activities occur, but only if both devices involved, the sender and the recipient, are signed in to the same Apple ID. Likewise, even when you’re miles away from your iPad, if you open Safari on your Mac, you’ll see pages from your last browsing session on iPad – if your Apple ID is working.
Without a working Apple ID, there is no continuity between these devices.
An interesting question for Apple is why an Apple ID must be rendered unusable due to a system engineering issue with the iCloud storage account. In theory, it should be possible to provide Apple ID functions regardless of the state of a storage volume. A storage service, as a single service, should definitely have reliable uptime, but when it experiences an unfortunate downtime, it shouldn’t bring down all the other services attached to that Apple ID. This includes the very basic function of being able to authenticate when logging in.
All Apple IDs are automatically provided with an iCloud account. As soon as you sign in with an Apple ID, “iCloud is turned on automatically,” as Apple puts it. And so this link may be true for all Apple users who have an Apple ID. Or is it true that by actually using iCloud, including iCloud Drive, and paying money for the privilege, the total data load makes the whole practice more unstable? It would be somewhat ironic for an Apple ID user to be at greater risk because they pay Apple a monthly iCloud Drive fee than users who pay nothing.
This is a question I would have asked the company if I had received a follow-up from Apple on my initial PR request.
And so, for those considering options within the Apple device and software ecosystem, it is helpful to keep in mind that choosing a storage vendor and a backup and recovery approach does not. are just one piece of the puzzle. If an Apple ID account is having issues, even though the storage may function properly, many other features of Apple products may still be temporarily out of service.
An important consideration, if you must use these services, is to have a second Apple ID as a backup. That means you’ll have to sign in to the second ID on multiple devices if something goes wrong, but it could at least mean that you can continue to use many of those services while the first account is down.